Our goal is to promote a healthy active lifestyle to children in our communities through high quality youth fitness programs and nutrition tips. By providing increased opportunities for physical activity among children, we hope to inspire an early love of sports and fitness that will serve as the foundation for a healthy way of life. By teaching children at a young age that fitness can be fun and letting them experience the benefits associated with participation in organized sports and fitness classes - such as making healthy choices and experiencing team-building and leadership roles – EAF hopes to raise the standard of these children’s lives and see them become healthy and successful teenagers and adults.
We bring a comprehensive physical fitness program to children in our community! We want to inspire kids to lead a healthy, active life and hope that through early exposure to fitness at EAF, our program and coaches will help children develop a love of fitness that translates into healthy choices as they grow.
Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Background: The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance partnered with physical activity experts to develop a report card that provides a comprehensive assessment of physical activity among United States children and youth.
Methods: The 2014 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth includes 10 indicators: overall physical activity levels, sedentary behaviors, active transportation, organized sport participation, active play, health-related fitness, family and peers, school, community and the built environment, and government strategies and investments. Data from nationally representative surveys were used to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the physical activity indicators. The Committee used the best available data source to grade the indicators using a standard rubric.
Results: Approximately one-quarter of children and youth 6 to 15 years of age were at least moderately active for 60 min/day on at least 5 days per week. The prevalence was lower among youth compared with younger children, resulting in a grade of D- for overall physical activity levels. Five of the remaining 9 indicators received grades ranging from B- to F, whereas there was insufficient data to grade 4 indicators, highlighting the need for more research in some areas.
Conclusions: Physical activity levels among U.S. children and youth are low and sedentary behavior is high, suggesting that current infrastructure, policies, programs, and investments in support of children’s physical activity are not sufficient.